AmeriCorps VISTA members serve full time (~40 hours/week) for one full year at a community organization (nonprofit, college/university, local government office, etc.) and work on projects that build the capacity of their organization. This position offers:
A benefit after completion is that you would have non-competitive eligibility in the federal hiring system.
The term of service is estimated to be June 7, 2021 to June 7, 2022, which is negotiable.
Sponsoring organization: Wyoming Food Coalition
Project name: Furthering the Resiliency of Wyoming’s Local Food System
Goal of the project: To promote, support and expand the production, access and consumption of fresh, local food in Wyoming with an emphasis on people living in poverty, vulnerable populations and the geographically isolated.
Objective 1: Support the Wyoming Food Coalition.
Objective 2: Support the implementation of the WFC strategic plan.
Objective 3: Facilitate local food, agriculture and nutrition education through the efforts of WFC working groups.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree preferred, but not required; experience in local food production, community development, resilient food systems, and food and agriculture policy a plus.
Position Location: The successful volunteer will be hosted in central Wyoming by Central Wyoming College in either Lander or Riverton. Subsidized housing is available at Lander. However, it is possible for the position to be hosted in Laramie, Wyoming at the University of Wyoming. Both organizations are partners in supporting the Wyoming Food Coalition. Some travel may be required.
About the Lander area: Wyoming is a big state, and a popular place for outdoor activities. There is a tremendous amount of public land, and outdoor recreation opportunities around Lander include rock climbing in the Wind River Mountains, traveling the scenic Loop Road, camping, and hiking, jogging, or biking the Popo Agie River. Time West magazine voted Lander as one of the Top Ten Western Towns, and it is known as being one of the best places to live in the state. Read more about Lander here.
About the Wyoming Food Coalition: The Coalition is comprised of volunteers from across the state and representatives of multiple interests in the food system, such as production, processing, health and nutrition, community development, fairness and justice, indigenous people, and government. It is a nonprofit organization which began in 2019. Its activities are accomplished through various working groups, with the support of a central leadership team. The Coalition’s Facebook page is here.
Applications should be made at the AmeriCorps VISTA site once the position is posted. Applications still open.
Questions? Contact Cole Ehmke at firstname.lastname@example.org or (307) 766-3782.